Brunswick Heads First World War Memorial Pines

WW1 Memorial Pine Park - facing eastWW1 Memorial Pine Park - facing south
Description

Located on Prt Lot 50 DP 1169550, Pt Lot 416 DP 728666 and Pt Road Reservation - Brunswick Terrace, the Coastal Cypress Pines were planted on the foreshore of Simpson's Creek, a tributary of the Brunswick River, Brunswick Heads in northern NSW. 

The Coastal Cypress Pine (Callitris columellaris), a native species, was chosen by returned diggers from Gallipoli and the Western Front to represent the Battle of Lone Pine.

The land area was determined to represent the battle front. Coastal Cypress Pines were planted in grid formation about 4 to 5m apart. The entire plantings were done over time, in working bees drawing from the surrounding settlements of Burringbah, Bangalow, Billnudgel, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads on monthy rotation. 

These working bees became family affairs. Boys from Brunswick Heads Primary School were entrusted with assisting the watering of the seedlings. They were known as 'Gunga Dins'.

The location was chosen because the foreshore was considered central to the surrounding towns and villages and it was a known peaceful place and a sacred place to the local Aboriginal peoples. It has been estimated that 500 pines were planted of which 103 are extant. There was a 'Ceremony of Dedication' after all the pines were positioned.

No Inscription

Memorial does not include inscription.

Address
Brunswick Heads Memorial Park
6 Mona Lane
Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
Local Government Area
  • Byron Shire
Setting
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Memorial avenue/Memorial tree/Memorial trees
Recorded by
Patricia Warren
Established date
Commenced 1918 and continued
Established Date format: 
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Established date
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Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18

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